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While I want a win, or a clean sheet, what I would really like to see is evidence of what we have learned since Anderlecht ran through us in Glasgow two months ago. We have a genuine chance to eliminate a stronger opponent and reach the last 16 of the Europa League, but merely hoping the same strategy that was so overwhelmingly ineffective at home to PSG, Bayern and Anderlecht, will work better this time, is not going to cut it.

Let’s keep it tight until late in the game, when Zenit’s energy levels will be stretched. I also think we get more out of Forrest, Sinclair and Dembele with space to exploit in the forward third. I know we are unpractised at this, but, all going well, we will face far stronger opponents in September, when a polished rear-guard action will definitely be needed.

Today’s lesson: how to defend against skillful opponents.

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  1. What is the Stars on

    We will lose heavily tonight and Rodgers will resign

     

     

    All Neganons Birthdays coming at once

  2. What is the Stars on

    Brown and Lustig will exchange blows after both have been red carded for giving away a penalty and dissent.

  3. What is the Stars on

    Peter Lawwell spotted at Glasgow Airport with a bag of swag on his way to Bahamas

     

     

    I drove him there myself

  4. We need to start putting recall options for loan players, Christie and Sviatchenko have been needed at various times this season, at the end of the day they are our players.I think most would have Erik at CB tonight, rather than Ajer or Hendry,IMO

     

    Shameless repost…

  5. BR said yesterday Zenit play 4-3-3 with a high press, my first thought was, don’t try passing out from the back, possibly the way we played v Hearts a few weeks ago, Kouassi in MF , Dembele and Edouard up front, and we got the ball forward quicker, might be worth a try tonight?

  6. What I want to know is, WHO are we playing in SEPTEMBER?

     

     

    … we will face far stronger opponents in September, when a polished rear-guard action will definitely be needed

  7. traditionalist88 on

    GO TELL THE SPARTIM on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 11:59 AM

     

    Trad88

     

     

    I differ in opinion having taken the variables on board, you however are absorbed in your B. Acc

     

     

    Enjoy your tax returns

     

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    Nah pal, just enjoying the mediocrity of European football at this time of the year, something we dared to dream about at one stage.

  8. traditionalist88 on

    GENE on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 12:10 PM

     

     

    45480 – interesting formation

     

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    If you add two zeros that’ll give you what the average spend will be to avoid mediocrity, scientifically calculated by CQN’s scouting experts,

     

     

    HH

  9. Sir Edmund Hilary was a mediocre mountaineer, but he kept going, and made it to the top of the mountain.

     

     

    YewontgetitunlessyoureadthelastthreadCSC

  10. lets all do the huddle on

    Has Paul forgot to put a headline on this article?

     

     

    Is this the ‘Walter’ of articles?

     

     

    Usually i get into the article by clicking on the headline, but had to click on the CQN logo this time

     

     

    oh, the hardship of it all!

  11. !!BADA BING!! on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 11:58 AM

     

     

    Not sure mate, how would we feel if City or Chelsea recalled Paddy or Charly? I think there needs to be a gentleman’s agreement with these things.

  12. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    I’d go 4-4-2 with a solid, narrow midfield. Forrest up front as a second striker.

     

    De Vries; Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Tierney; Brown; Kouassi, Ntcham; McGregor; Forrest, Dembele

  13. Barney 67

     

    Sir Edmund Hilary was a mediocre mountaineer, but he kept going, and made it to the top of the mountain

     

     

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    Only because the sherpa Tenzing Norgay carried his kit

  14. Internet One-upmanship

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I am a man of independent thought who carefully considers the evidence before arriving at my own opinion.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    He is easily swayed by the opinions of the majority and bears the impression of the last man who sat on him

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You are just tabloid fodder who thinks as you are told to think by your betters.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Frost Report csc

  15. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Are Macha also advised that there will be a display in the board this evening for his brother who passed away suddenly last month

     

    If anyone can get a picture of it can you save it as he isn’t sure of his seat and if he can catch the tribute

     

    Jim Henderson is the name☘️☘️☘️

     

     

    Angel Gabriel

     

    Not sure if kids allowed in Maggie Mays

     

    Enjoy your night and stay away from Eurochamps because he doesn’t need the man flu…

  16. DAVID17 on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 12:15 PM

     

    !!BADA BING!! on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 11:58 AM

     

     

     

    Not sure mate, how would we feel if City or Chelsea recalled Paddy or Charly? I think there needs to be a gentleman’s agreement with these things.

     

     

    True , but they own the players, as we do with Christie and Erik, needs must, unusual number of injuries, a recall option would make sense tae me…HH

  17. GENE on 15TH FEBRUARY 2018 12:17 PM

     

    Very true. Our fans need to do a Tenzing Norgay job for the Celts tonight. HH

  18. SFTB

     

    Thought you were pulling a sicky

     

     

    btw – I tick all those boxes – absolutely – oh wait a minute changed my mind if that’s ok with the cliques

  19. Barney 67

     

     

    Although competency/ability is a good measure of potential performance, always remember that….

     

     

    Amateurs built the Ark,

     

    Professionals built the Titanic.

     

     

    Shipbuilding CSC

  20. I think we will get a result tonight, but Paul67 is right to flag the defence.

     

    I think the defence gets a lot of criticism because they are often left exposed by the midfield or, they try to be clever when an aggressive tackle or clearance is what is needed. European forwards like to fall over at slightest contact, but equally they avoid crunching defenders and back off 10 yards or so, or drift out to the wings where they are less effective.

     

    My big worry is the managers defensive record in Europe is hopeless. He has been a great asset, improved players, galvanized the support etc., but his defensive record in Europe at Liverpool was poor, and he doesnt seem to learn.

     

    Its easy when we play PSG etc to blame goals conceded on budgets, but that doesn’t wash with the results in Israel or Kazakhstan. Also, in France / Spain whilst PSG and Barca are winning their leagues, teams with lower budgets are conceding less than we are.

     

    I am sure BR doesn’t need my advice, but here goes anyway – go out, be aggressive, play the ref ( what will he allow / not allow) see if they are up for it, capitalise on set pieces and look to take a 2:0 or a 3:1 into second game.

  21. Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave (i know…), deserves a bigger audience, political satire that takes no prisoners, the house band are 4 MPs……..

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